Australian males’s hockey group captain Aran Zalewski stated that the FIH Professional League matches towards India will function good preparation forward of 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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- Final Up to date: February 17, 2020, 12:59 PM IST
Bhubaneswar: The upcoming FIH Professional League matches towards a tricky Indian aspect will function good preparation for world no.2 Australia forward of the Tokyo Olympics, says the visiting group’s captain Aran Zalewski.
After a disappointing begin to their marketing campaign within the second FIH Professional League the place they misplaced to world champions Belgium, Australia bounced again with victories over Nice Britain and can now lock horns towards India within the two-leg contest right here on Friday and Saturday.
Quickly after arriving right here on Sunday night time, the skipper of the three-time world champions admitted that world no.four India could be a tricky nut to crack in entrance of dwelling crowd.
“I believe it serves us nearly as good preparation to be dealing with India away from dwelling on this necessary Olympic 12 months,” Zalewski stated.
“The Indian group has additionally completed nicely thus far, so we’re wanting ahead to taking part in them right here. We even have per week to organize for the matches, so we’re hoping we will acclimatise with the circumstances and put up a powerful present,” he stated.
With two wins from 4 matches, defending champions Australia are presently on the fifth spot within the factors desk with six factors, whereas India, with three victories out of 4 video games, are a rung above on the third place.
Australia coach Colin Batch too agreed together with his captain when requested about his expectations from the matches towards India on the Kalinga Stadium.
“We’re delighted to be again right here in Bhubaneswar to face India. It has been a blended begin for us within the Professional League thus far, however we’re hoping to face a tricky combat towards the hosts. We’re additionally wanting ahead to taking part in in entrance of a loud, full crowd,” he stated.